This Week on Knight Life
This show features humble yet dedicated men in an organization numbering nearly 32,000 Catholic men in Iowa and 1.8 million world-wide. Do you realize the power of those numbers?
Knights recognize God is in charge – always has been; we follow the outline laid out by Father McGivney. As one guest puts it Suit up and Show up. All we have to do is find our purpose in life and join with other like-minded Knights, Parishes, Cities and any other entities that can pull together to do good.
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If you’ve listened to this program through our four years on Catholic Radio, you may have heard some unusual interviews…we have two today, both by Knight Life Founder, Mike Gaspers, who is out in the state many weekends and evenings.
Mike speaks with Matt who had just become a Knight and moved through the first three degrees of membership: charity, unity and fraternity. Matt shares some intimate details of his life and his desire to give back that moved him to join the Knights hoping to involve himself with our charitable activities.
Our prayers are with Matt and his family that he may stay on the path to serving God and mankind. I loved his statement that “God Was Waiting For Him. All he had to do was suit-up and show up.”
Knights are a family friendly fraternal organization founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael McGivney. We maintain the same principles established by the original Knights: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Let’s combine all those qualities in one man: Bob Ukena, a Knight from St. Francis Parish in West Des Moines. He is the 2013 Veterans Administration Volunteer of the Year – not only for Iowa but nationally. Read more details on the award in News Updates on iowakofc.org
Mike Gaspers spoke to him at a recent gathering about his involvement with the palliative care program and what the Knights have meant in his life. Bob is a Vietnam veteran and we thank him for his service then and for what he continues to do in our community.
We hear from our State Secretary of the Iowa Knights, Dan Werner, a quiet and determined leader who emphasizes our first principle: charity as he challenges all councils to join in a juice drive for children in Catholic shelters in the Des Moines area.
Read more about this story in News Updates on iowakofc.org
Now the most fun thing we’ve talked about today. Make a note of the date: Saturday, June 7 and imagine a UPS 747 with a rope tied to the front landing gear and you and 19 of your friends attempting to pull it along the runway. Joe Ramirez, our state deputy, will finish his two-year term on July 1. He has been “game” for some extreme activities in support of Special Olympics of Iowa and he has details on one more for his grand finale as our state leader. Our State Deputy makes a challenge: Can your team of 20 men pull a Boeing 747 on the runway in Des Moines?
Go to this website: www.soiowa.org/planepull or call 515-986-5520 to register you team. 20 people maximum…$1,000 minimum.
June 7 at 10:00 am at the Des Moines International Airport.
Just to stand next to a 747 would be worth it but to try to pull one would be amazing.
There will be a special guest at the event. Derek Poundston, America’s strongest man and I’m just guessing ..he will show us he can pull the plane…alone.
That may work for him but for Knights, we prefer to work as a team to help others.
We have much to do as there are many who need our assistance.
It starts in your local community and extends to those in need around the world.
No matter what, no matter where, Knights are there.
Come join us and strengthen our cause.
If you are 18 years of age or older and a practicing catholic man..we offer you the opportunity to join our ranks. Ask a Knight or your parish priest and we will bring you in.
Knight Life is a production of the Iowa Knights of Columbus.
Thanks to Mike Gaspers for his work this week. Thanks to Eric David our editor and to Lisa Bourne, Zack Jakaitis and Steve Hesprich.
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